The Maroon & Gold continue the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Penn State's Nittany Lion Outdoor Track.
The University of Minnesota men's track & field program opened up the 108th annual Drake Relays on Thursday night with four top-10 finishes by the Maroon & Gold.
Three members of the Maroon & Gold picked up personal records to go with their wins including true freshman Luke May's victory in the javelin.
The Maroon & Gold started the two-day competition with wins from Mitch Hechsel (800 meters), Evan Ferlic (1,500 meters) and Luca Wieland (shot put).
The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
2017 Drake Relays (Day 1)
2016 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Indoor: Did not see action. Outdoor: Won the 5,000 meter at the St. Thomas Tommie Twilight with a time of 14:33.36.
2015 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Indoor: Competed at the Northwest Open (winning the one mile), the Iowa State Classic, and the B1G Indoor Championships. Outdoor: At the Musco Twilight finished ninth in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:31.32 • finished 18th in the 1500 meters at the UW La Crosse Eagle Invitational with a time of 4:00.20.
2014 | REDSHIRT SEASON
Indoor: Did not compete. Outdoor: Competing unattached at the 2014 MAC Invitational, placed 4th in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:57.19 • placed third unattached in the 1500 meters at the Meet of the UnSaintly.
Undecided in his major. • Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota. • High School: Proctor. • Son of Jacqui and Mark Welch. • Has three brothers, Ben, Zach, and Jake • Favorite sports memory is when his high school cross country team won their sectional and made it to the state tournament. • Minnesota Gatorade Runner of the Year 2012.
Three Gophers Punch Tickets to NCAA Championships
Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese both clocked personal records in the 800 meters and Obsa Ali added a sixth-place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Outdoor...
Three Gophers Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals
Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese advanced in the 800 meters while Derek Wiebke moved on in the 1,500 meters.
Three Gophers Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District
Luca Wieland earned Academic All-District accolades for the third year in a row while Madeline Strandemo and Derek Wiebke picked up their first career honors.